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Lee, Gilchrist top ICC ODI rankings

February 08, 2006 19:11 IST

Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has climbed to first position in the LG ICC ODI bowling rankings with the highest rating of his career, while Adam Gilchrist has replaced Ricky Ponting at the top of the batting table.

Lee's success in the VB Series -- he is the leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets at 19.40 -- has seen him accumulate enough ranking points to overtake Glenn McGrath in the bowling standings and hold off a challenge from Shaun Pollock, who was the most economical bowler in the tri-series and has climbed to second position.

Gilchrist, meanwhile, has reclaimed the top batting spot after plundering 284 runs at a strike rate of 108.39. He is one of five Australian batsmen now in the top 10 along with Ponting (2nd), Andrew Symonds (7th), Mike Hussey (8th) and Michael Clarke (9th).

Hussey is the newest member of this quintet, joining the top echelons of the table after only 29 ODIs. He scored 259 runs in this series at an average of 64.75 to move up the list by 18 places.

It is a tremendous week for Hussey in which he was also named Australia's ODI player of the year.

Going into the final, Australia remain top of the LG ICC ODI Championship table while Sri Lanka are seventh. This is the same position that Sri Lanka occupied coming into the series but they have improved their rating by a point and success in the finals would see them climb to fifth.  

Defeat in the final, however, will see Sri Lanka face the very real prospect of having to play in the preliminary round of this year's ICC Champions Trophy in India as if they are still seventh on April 1* then they will have to play in the preliminary round for the right to take part in the next round of the tournament.

In the finals Sri Lanka will be looking for important contributions with the bat from the rejuvenated Sanath Jayasuriya whose 262 runs have lifted him back into the top 20 (14th) and Kumar Sangakkara, up four places to 4th.

South Africa's series ended in disappointment and they have slipped to third in the LG ICC ODI Championship table. Captain Graeme Smith has retained third spot in the batting rankings despite his poor run of form but he is one of only two South Africans in the top twenty.

Boeta Dippenaar has climbed 15 places over the course of the series to 16th but Herschelle Gibbs has slipped five places to 22nd and Jacques Kallis is down 11 to 24th.

The updated rankings also include the first match of Pakistan's home series against India. Salman Butt's century lifted him into the top 50 (up 7 places to 47th) for the first time while Irfan Pathan's batting display boosted him into the top five ODI all-rounders.

Full details of the current LG ICC ODI Championship and how future results will impact on the table, as well as the LG ICC Player Rankings can be found at:

http://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/lg.html

* India, as hosts, will automatically qualify for the second stage of next year's ICC Champions Trophy even if they are outside the top six of the LG ICC ODI Championship table on 1 April 2006.  If they are outside that top six then the sixth-placed side in the table will take part in the preliminary round.

LG ICC ODI Championship after group matches in Australian triangular series
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 Australia 38 5148 135
2 Pakistan 35 4114 118
3 South Africa 35 4061 116
4 New Zealand 32 3590 112
5 England 27 2920 108
6 India 41 4414 108
7 Sri Lanka 40 4297 107
8 West Indies 22 1980 90
9 Zimbabwe 23 1012 44
10 Bangladesh 23 322 14
(Developed by David Kendix)

LG ICC Player Rankings after group matches in Australian triangular series

Batsmen

Rank Change Player Team Rating Career Best
1 +1 Adam Gilchrist AUS 797 820 vs Sri Lanka, Dambulla 2004
2 -1 Ricky Ponting AUS 784 803 vs South Africa, Sydney 2002
3   Graeme Smith SA 729 784 vs India, Kolkata 2005
4 +4 Kumar Sangakkara SL 721 733 vs Australia, Sydney 2006
5   Mohammad Yousuf PAK 718 777 vs South Africa, Rawalpindi 2003
5 +1 Chris Gayle WI 718 804 vs Zimbabwe, Harare 2003
7 -3 Andrew Symonds AUS 717 740 vs Sri Lanka, Melbourne 2006
8 +18 Mike Hussey AUS 712 712 vs South Africa, Sydney 2006
9   Michael Clarke AUS 702 734 vs England, Bristol 2005
10 -3 Inzamam-ul-Haq PAK 701 801 vs New Zealand, Wellington 1995
11   Marvan Atapattu SL 696 739 vs Zimbabwe, East London 2003
11 -1 Rahul Dravid IND 696 728 vs West Indies, Dambulla 2005
11 +1 Andrew Flintoff ENG 696 749 vs Sri Lanka, The Rose Bowl 2004
14 +11 Sanath Jayasuriya SL 693 838 vs Bangladesh, Pietermaritzburg 2003
14   Kevin Pietersen ENG 693 704 vs Pakistan, Lahore 2005
16 +15 Boeta Dippenaar SA 691 718 vs Sri Lanka, Perth 2006
17 +4 Mahendra Dhoni IND 689 689 vs Pakistan, Peshawar 2006
18 -3 Ramnaresh Sarwan WI 688 765 vs South Africa, Kingston 2005
19   Damien Martyn AUS 684 696 vs England, Adelaide 2003
19 -3 Marcus Trescothick ENG 684 798 vs South Africa, The Oval 2003
21 -1 Sachin Tendulkar IND 682 887 vs Zimbabwe, Sharjah 1998

Bowlers

Rank Change Player Team Rating Career Best
1 +1 Brett Lee AUS 846 853 vs South Africa, Melbourne 2006
2 +1 Shaun Pollock SA 838 903 vs West Indies, Centurion 2004
3 -2 Glenn McGrath AUS 799 903 vs South Africa, Bloemfontein 2002
4 +1 Naved-ul-Hasan PAK 743 743 vs India, Peshawar 2006
5 -1 Muttiah Muralitharan SL 737 913 vs New Zealand, Sharjah 2002
6   Chaminda Vaas SL 716 861 vs South Africa, Colombo (RPS) 2004
7   Daniel Vettori NZ 709 745 vs Sri Lanka, Queenstown 2005
8 +2 Shane Bond NZ 692 711 vs Pakistan, Dambulla 2003
9 -1 Irfan Pathan IND 688 701 vs Zimbabwe, Harare 2005
10 +1 Harbhajan Singh IND 681 735 vs West Indies, Bridgetown 2002
11 +1 Steve Harmison ENG 676 728 vs Australia, Leeds 2005
12 -3 Makhaya Ntini SA 669 782 vs West Indies, Cape Town 2004
13 +1 Andrew Flintoff ENG 650 755 vs Bangladesh, Dhaka 2003
14 +1 Kyle Mills NZ 645 651 vs Sri Lanka, Christchurch 2006
15 -2 Jason Gillespie AUS 635 823 vs Pakistan, Lord's 2004
16 +1 Jacob Oram NZ 634 766 vs Australia, The Oval 2004
17 +4 Bradley Hogg AUS 619 651 vs Pakistan, Hobart 2005
18 +18 Andrew Hall SA 613 618 vs Sri Lanka, Adelaide 2006
19 -3 Andre Nel SA 612 637 vs India, Mumbai 2005
20 -2 Darren Gough ENG 611 767 vs South Africa, Johannesburg 2000
20 -2 Ian Bradshaw WI 611 631 vs Pakistan, Kingstown 2005
22 -1 Ajit Agarkar IND 608 640 vs Sri Lanka, Pune 1999

All-rounders

Rank Change Player Team Points Highest Ranking
1 - Andrew Flintoff Eng 452 544 v SL at The Rose Bowl 2004
2 - Shaun Pollock SA 414 457 v Pak at Cape Town 1998
3 -1 Andrew Symonds Aus 384 392 v NZ at Wellington 2005
4 - Shoaib Malik Pak 365 403 v WI at Brisbane 2005
5 +1 Irfan Pathan Ind 350 350 v Pak at Peshawar 2006